What is Rendang
Rendang is a rich and tender coconut beef stew which is explosively flavorful and beef rendang is the most popular rendang. Called “rendang daging” locally, it’s arguably the most famous beef recipe in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Beef rendang is of Indonesian origin, a much-celebrated concoction from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia. It’s often served at ceremonial occasions and to honored guests.
I believe rendang was introduced to Malaysia when the Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra migrated to the southern part of the Malay peninsula during the era of the Melaka Sultanate, but I could be wrong. In any case, rendang is well loved by many Malaysians, especially the Malay community. While beef rendang is the poster child, there are variations such as chicken rendang and lamb rendang.
To make the best rendang, you need to have the secret ingredient which is kerisik or toasted coconut. You also need to cook on low heat to slowly stew and simmer the meat and reduce the rendang sauce. I read that the Minangkabaus save the dish for months as the complex taste and flavor develop over time. I suggest that you make a big portion so you have some leftover. The flavors and aroma become more intense the next day. Anyway, try my recipe, it’s tried and tested by many readers as the BEST and most authentic beef rendang recipe you will find online!
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